Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Ceramics

Welcome to the new kid...well not really new.  Kim Foale is taking up where Adrianna left off on Mud Colony.  It's very nice indeed to again have a space where far flung potters can exchange ideas.

I've been working on the idea of handbuilding a teapot once a week.  I made this one last Monday but only just got the lid working so I like it.

The good thing about this series is that it does (should) not demand huge blocks of time.  Of course if I should come up with a form I really like I can repeat it.



Over the years I've made many bird whistles.  For some reason they have always been quite small....I think it has to do with being able to hold them easily.

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At any rate I have started making larger ones.  This first batch is made from white clay which I like because I can work directly on the surface of the bird.  However, I am really fond of the warmth terra cotta gives under a white glaze.  I guess some of each is in order!


This one is more than twice as big as the first two.  It's hard to see the design I've drawn but that is one of my fantasy fishes on its back.

I have not done a lot this week.  My studio was so cold in our cold snap that I could only work for short periods, even with the heater on.  Then too, we had to deal with the well pump which is too long and involved to go into here!

Hit the link and go over to Kim's Sunday Ceramics......see what is happening with other potter-bloggers. (Ploggers?)

Enjoy the day.  It's warmed up considerably since the beginning of the week.  This is typical for this area.

As always, thanks for stopping by.....*s*

16 comments:

  1. I like making the same thing with two different clays as well, a speckled stoneware and then a white, I used to try a third of a red clay too, it always amazes me how the look of the piece is changed, your birds are wonderful, good to see the Mud Colony continued, it's a wide world of clay on earth isn't it.

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    1. Hi Linda.....The difference in making an object with two different clays is, as you say, always amazing.
      Kim has done all us old Mud Colonists a favor with Sunday Ceramics!

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  2. Oh, your bird whistles are so charming.....love them. xox

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    1. Hi Corrine.....Whistles are a mainstay for me.....lately it has been birds and fish.

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  3. Dearest Suzy,
    Funny tea pot and with some tweaking you will manage to make one you really like! Those two small birds are lovely and indeed, for ergonomics it is easier if it can be held in your hand. We wait to see what the big one turns out like.
    Crazy weather, we went from 5°F to 70s yesterday but with heavy rain and thunder too. Today its cooler but sunny with blue sky. We can take a walk finally.
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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    1. Hi Mariette.....The neat thing about making a series is that you can explore variations. Sunny today....Hurrah!

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  4. such cute birds, and isn't it a relief that it isn't so cold?

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    1. Hi Gary....Thanks. Isn't surprising when 30F. feels warm?

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  5. I hope the cold spell goes away soon. Lovely birds! I will check on the link. : )

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    1. Hi Midori....The deep cold seems to be done for now! Likewise I hope the rains and floods have stopped.
      I Hope you will join in on Sunday Ceramics.

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  6. It will be fun to watch your teapots evolve over the year!

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    1. Hi Michele......Hopefully making the commitment here will keep me on the path!

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  7. Love the birds, they are so sweet and beautiful.

    I'm going to have to be reminded to post on Kim's page.

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    1. Hi Lori.....Thanks. I'll try to remind you and others!

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  8. I love your loose style which shows human touch all over the form, and then the beautiful painterly decorations.

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    1. Hi Barb......Thanks; it seems to be that time of year for teapots.

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